[Answered in 2023] How to Restore Deleted Files from Google Drive?
Q: I deleted files from Google Drive and later I deleted it from Trash also. But now I want to get them back. Is there any way I can restore the files even after deleting them from the Trash?
This is a common situation in our daily lives actually - wrongly delete the desired files or select to erase the data from Google Drive but feel regretful later. And at this moment, the first thing you want to must be recovering the deleted Google Drive files but how to accomplish this goal?
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Just read on! The followings are 4 ways to restore deleted files from Google Drive so you can select one of them to get back the wanted data easily.
When a file in Google Drive is disappeared, it might be hidden rather than deleted. Hence, if you meet such a situation, the first thing you should do is to find the missing file at first instead of restoring it immediately. Then how to find out the missing files in Google Drive? Here are three tips for your reference. Just try them first:
1. Find the files in website. Just go to drive.google.com and select My Drive. Then click on Info at the top right corner to get more information. After that, you need to go to Activity and search the information of the missing file in it.
2. The file is deleted by its owner. If the file that you want to find is created by someone else and is deleted or renamed by its owner, you will be unable to find the files. In this case, what you can do is only to look for a new source on internet and re-download it.
3. Use advanced search. Another situation is that you are the owner but the file is in a folder created by others who have deleted the folder. To get back this kind of file, you can use an advanced search "https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/search?q=is:unorganized%20owner:me" on computer.
If you have just deleted the Google Drive files recently and have not removed them thoroughly, you can get them back easily. Because Google Drive will keep the deleted files in your Trash for 30 days, you can find and restore them from the Trash without any hassle. Then how to recover the missing files from Trash? Here are the details about it:
Step 1. Launch the Google Drive on your Android phone and then select Menu> Trash.
Step 2. In the Trash, you will see the files that are deleted in 30 days. Just find the data you want to retrieve and tap on Restore to recover them.
Here if you are using a computer, you can go to drive.google.com/drive/trash directly to look for the Google Drive Trash and restore the deleted data.
Then, what if you have cleared the Trash and permanently remove the files from Google Drive? In this case, if your Google account is associated with a company, school or group, you still are able to get them back- ask an administrator to recover the deleted Google Drive data. But you should know that the administrator can retrieve files that are deleted within 25 days only.
Here is how the administrator does:
Step 1. Login to Gmail and then enter the Management Settings.
Step 2. Choose the user and double-click to open his/her profile.
Step 3. Open the Menu by clicking on its icon at the top right corner.
Step 4. Finally, elect Restore Data and select the files to recover.
Here is another way to extract the Google Drive files that are permanently deleted- ask Google Drive Support team to help you. This means is effective especially when the files are missing from Google Drive for unknown reasons. When the Google Drive folders become empty suddenly, you can contact Google Drive Support team to get the missing files back. But also, the team can restore files that are missing or deleted within 25 days also.